Painting with your senses: Kandinsky & Abstract Art

Hear the colors

When Wassily Kandinsky was a young boy in Russia, he was given a box of paints by his aunt. Upon opening it, he was surprised to HEAR the colors. 

The swirling colors trilled like an orchestra tuning up for a magical symphony.
— The Noisy Paint Box

Kandinsky and abstract art

This book is a great introduction to Kandinsky and his art. It touches on the topics of being true to your creativity (and not conforming to the expectations of society), the value of art that makes us feel, and using your senses to enhance your creativity.

Kandinsky abstract art project for kids. Paint using your senses in a whole new way. Comes with a printable quote!

kandinsky's special gift

It's thought that Kandinsky had a rare condition called synesthesia. People with this condition often experience their senses differently from the rest of the world. They hear color, see music, taste words, or smell numbers.

Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and... stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to ‘walk about’ into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?
— Wassily Kandinsky

When he saw Claude Monet's Haystacks as a young man, Kandinsky was inspired to see a painting that was abstracted, and he was excited about the possibilities this held for his own art. Kandinsky is credited with creating one of the first abstract paintings in 1910.

Try it at home

Ask your kids to use their senses in a new way.

  • Put on some music... paint what you hear.
  • Explore the textures of shells and sand... paint what you feel.
  • Smell flowers outside, or freshly baked bread... paint that fragrance.
  • Taste something sweet, spicy, tangy... paint the flavor.

download the print

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Let's connect

I'd love to see your creations, and hear all about the fun you had with this project. Leave me a message below or find me on social media, and let's chat!

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